Lino.it is a free, web-based message board. The tool provides the ability to communicate and collaborate in real time, and is especially suitable for use within the monological and the polyphonic form of teaching.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching Lino.it can be used as a collaborative workspace for groups of students or for a whole class. It is possible to upload photos, to insert images directly from URLs, to insert videos from YouTube and other services and to insert documents and Post-It notes on the Board.
The boards can be shared with others, and you have the option of only allowing others to see a board. In this way, Lino.it can be used as a communication tool within the monologic form of teaching, , if the teacher creates a board with information which she shares with her students.
Lino.it is in many ways similar to Mural.ly. In Mural.ly however, you also have the opportunity to comment on the items on the boards, and to chat with other users who are online. On the other hand, you can create groups in Lino.it, and share boards with group members.
Lino.it is easy to use, and you can use the tool without having to create a user. If you want to share a message board, however, you are required to login, and you can create a profile using a Facebook, Twitter or Google account. It is also possible to set up an account with an email address. If you need help getting started, you can read this introduction to Lino.it.
Kahoot is a free, web-based evaluation- and quiz tool. It lets you use quizzes in the classroom, and helps activate and engage students in discussions. Kahoot is suitable primarily for use within a monological form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, Kahoot can, in the same manner as Socrative, be used by the teacher to evaluate students' understanding of the key concepts. For example, the teacher may draw up a series of test questions which the students must answer individually using their computer or smartphone, after which the teacher can see which students have responded correctly to the questions. As part of a formative evaluation, this use gives good opportunity to assess the teaching, so that all students reach the learning objectives.
Kahoot can also be used as a springboard for classroom discussions. The teacher can ask a question to the class, and provide students with a range of response options in Kahoot. The replies can then be displayed on the board, and form the offset for a discussion on a topic. The written starting point for the discussion provides a greater number of students to express their opinions, than what is the case in a normal show of hands.
Kahoot and Socrative have some similarities. One of the limitations of Kahoot seems to be, that the teacher does not have her own 'room'. Every activity you initiate gets a unique number, that students have to enter on their own device. On the other hand it is easy to share activities with others, and there are lots of inspiration from others in Kahoot, which is not the case in Socrative. Another possible weakness of Kahoot is, that question will not be shown on student devices – it only appears on the teacher's screen, which makes you dependent on a projector or similar.
If you want to try Kahoot and need help getting started with using Kahoot in teaching, you can read this introduction to Kahoot or read more in the FAQ of Kahoot.
Soundtrap is a free web-based tool, which allows to let students to record audio, both from the computer's microphone, external instruments and from a variety of electronic instruments. It is also possible to import audio files into the tool. Soundtrrap allows students to work individually with audio production, and for them to collaborate online on a common audio production. It is suitable primarily for use within the dialogical and the polyphonic form of teaching.
In the dialogical form of teaching Soundtrap can be used as a tool for students' individual production of sound-collages and music, and it can be used in pronunciation excercises in language teaching. Another possibility is to use Soundtrap in relation to reading aloud.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching the tool can be used for many of the same activities, but here the option of online collaboration in real-time will be in focus. Students can record different tracks in a project, and edit each other's tracks.
Soundtrap provides both the ability to record sound in a simple version (Easy mode) and in a more advanced version (Pro mode). At first, most will probably be plenty challenged in Easy mode, but when adding effects to reading aloud or recording music, there are plenty of exciting options in Pro mode.
To use the Soundtrap requires that one have an account. Such can be created on the frontpage, where you. have the opportunity to create it with an existing Facebook or Google account. It is free to use Soundtrap if you create no more than 5 projects.
If you need help getting started using Soundtrap, there is help to find in these tutorials for Soundtrap.
Flippity provides the ability to create sets of ' flashcards ' around a Google spreadsheet. Flippity can be used in exercises that develop students' conceptual understanding, and is particularly suitable for use within the monological and the dialogical form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, Flippity can be used to train and test students in their understanding of different concepts. The teacher can, after creating a Google Spreadsheet with pair of terms, share it and import it to Flippity. It is possible to add photos and Youtube videos on a flash card, simply by putting the link to those in the cell in the Spreadsheet, that is corresponding to one side of the flashcard. At first, you must copy a template into your Google Drive. It only has to be done the first time you create flashcards, and only requires that you click here. After filling in the spreadsheet you have to share it, and then copy the link to it in the box at the bottom of this page. This will open a page with the set of flash cards, and you can share this page with your students – either by sharing the URL or by generating a QR-code.
Within the dialogical form of teaching you can let students develop their own flashcards, where they define various words and concepts within a topic. Students can then share their flashcards with other students, which allows for Flippity to be used as small training games.
It's free to use Flippity, but it requires that you have a Google Account, in order to create your flashcards in a Google Spreadsheet. If you need help getting started, you can read this Guide to Flippity.
Quip is a simple text editing service, which lets students cooperate on documents regardless of the devices they are using. Quip is primarily suited for use within the polyphonic form of teaching.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching Quip can be used as students' common writing tool. It is possible for several students to work simultaneously in a shared document, and it is possible to see who has written what. There is not as great opportunities to format text as in Google Docs, but you can create to-do lists and insert images and videos in the shared documents.
It is possible to chat in Quip, just as it is very easy to invite others to join in the work of a document or a folder with several documents. The documents and folders you have created are displayed in a very uncluttered visual layout.
Quip can be used with a computer, as it is possible to download it as app for iOS and Android. This provides excellent opportunities for all students to participate, regardless of the device they are using. It's free to use Quip, and you can either sign up with an email address linked to a Google Account, or you can create an account for Quip here.
MindMup is a free mind mapping tool, which allows you to collaborate online on a shared mind map. Where Mindmeister requires that you create an account, you can use MindMup and store your maps offline without creating an account. MindMup is primarily suited for use within the dialogical or the polyphonic form of teaching.
Within the dialogical form of teaching MindMup can be used as students' tool to generate ideas and organize information. It could be in connection with the tasks they have been asked by the teacher. Students can use MindMup without creating an account, and they can save their mind maps in the browser's memory, and work on them later.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching MindMup can be used by students to create shared maps for generating ideas when solving group assignments, project work and similar tasks. Students can, simultaneously, enroll their ideas in the mind map and they can build on each other's ideas in real-time, and the teacher also has the ability to read and participate in the evolvement of ideas. An online mind map can also serve as a tool to manage the collaboration process between a group of students.
If you wish to use MindMup's opportunities for collaboration, both between students within the polyphonic form of teaching, and between the teacher and the individual student within the dialogic form of teaching, You must activate the extension realtime collaboration under ' Extentions ' in the menu bar. In order to enable this extension you are required to, linking MindMup to your Google Account. This also provides the ability to store maps on Google Drive. You can read more about the possibilities of online collaboration in this Guide to MindMup.
Mural.ly is a free, visual collaboration- and communication tool. The tool allows for multiple simultaneous users to communicate and collaborate on an online visual board. The tool is primarily suited for use within the polyphonic form of teaching.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching Mural.ly can be used as a collaboration platform for groups of students or for an entire class. One of the major advantages of Mural.ly over other online collaboration platforms, is the great emphasis placed on the visual elements. It is possible to upload photos, to insert images directly from Google Image Search, to insert videos from YouTube and to insert various shapes, figures and Post-It notes on the board.
It is also possible to connect ones Google Drive to Mural.ly, after which one can insert documents on the board. It is then possible to edit documents directly within the tool. By using the ' spaces ' in Mural.ly, one can divide the board into smaller fields, to make it easier to grasp the common work.
It is possible to collaborate in real time. Collaboration is supported, among others, by the ability to add comments to the various elements placed on the board, and by the opportunity to chat with other users of the board. It is possible to mention other users in the comments and chat, after which they will receive a notification.
Mural.ly is easy to use, and you can create a profile using a Facebook, Twitter or Google account. It is also possible to set up an account with an email address. If you need help getting started, you can watch an introductory video on the front of Mural.ly.
Scoop.it is a so-called curation tool. To curate means to 'select and sort'. With Scoop.it, you can easily curate articles and websites for students on specific topics, and you can let students comment on the articles. Scoop.it is suitable primarily for use within the monological and the dialogical form of teaching.
Within the monologic form of teaching, Scoop.it can be used to distribute articles on different subjects to students. You can create multiple boards (topics), so you can create one for each subject. Scoop.it allows you to enter keywords, and you will be able to find suggestions for news articles, which may be relevant. You can also follow other users of Scoop.it, such as colleagues, and're-scoope ' the articles they have shared. Articles can also be saved to a board with Scoop.its 'bookmarklet', which functions as a button in the favorite line of the browser. If you come across a relevant article online, one can easily ' scoope ' it to its board by using bookmarklet'en.
Within the dialogical form of teaching Scoop.it can be used as the students' problem-solving platform. When the teacher adds an article to her board, she can add a comment to it. It could for instance be in the form of questions related to the article. Students can then add their answers to the questions in the comments to the article, and they can comment on each other's answers to the questions.
There is already a lot of Scoop.it boards, it may be interesting to follow. You can take a look here, and you can also find eDidaktik on Scoop.it.
Scoop.it is free to use if you do not have more than 5 boards, and requires only, that you create a profile at the top of the page. You can log in with a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account, and it is also possible to create an account with an e-mail adress.
If you need help getting started with Scoop.it, there is help and instructions available here.
Sidengo is a free tool for producing and publishing websites. With Sidengo it is quick and easy to create a website for a class, or to let students create their own websites. Sidengo is suitable for use within the monological and the dialogical form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, Sidengo can be used to inform students about professional subjects or to distribute practical messages. The teacher can post articles, videos and documents on the webiste she has created in Sidengo, and it can function as the teachers' distribution platform.
In the dialogical form of teaching Sidengo can be used as a platform for students' productions. The students' media- and text productions can be posted on their individual websites, and by using the same website over time, it may function as the student's personal portfolio. It is easy for students to import media from services like SoundCloud, Vimeo and YouTube.
Sidengo is free to use, and requires only, that you create a profile here. If you need help getting started with Sidengo, you can find it here.
MapBox is a free service, which lets you create maps and allows you to insert markers with text in the map . MapBox is suitable primarily for use within the dialogical form of teaching.
Within the dialogical form of teaching MapBox can for instance be used for field trips. The teacher can create a map and set markers at specific locations, which students must pass on the excursion. In the map below, I have inserted three markers on a map of Aarhus City, Denmark, and given the students a task on each location.
It is also possible to let the students create their own maps, and to allow them to insert markers with information on different locations. Used in this way, MapBox can help prepare students for a field trip. One can for example have the students work in groups to find interesting locations in the city they are to visit, and then let the groups exchange maps to allow the students to explore the city using the map that another group has made.
To use MapBox you need to create a free account. Such can be created here. A free account lets you create an unlimited number of maps, but they are limited to be viewed 3.000 times. You can upgrade for $5 a month, which gives you 10.000 map views per month.
You can share maps by embedding them as I have done above, and as normal images, or as a link.
If you need help getting started using MapBox, you can read a guide here.